The Last God #2
Beyond the edge of creation lies the Black Stair. And beyond it, amid the void, he waits. Mol Uhltep, the Last God. This is the tale of those who claimed to slay him, and the world they doomed with their lies.
As the horrifying forces of the Last God descend upon the city of Tyrgolad, our intrepid heroes - Queen Cyanthe, Eyvindr, and Veikko al Mun - must either defend or escape their crumbling stronghold and contend with dark legacy left behind in King Tyr's wake. But with every second, the undead army of the Last God adds more bodies to their numbers. None are safe.
In the past, we witness the tragic and violent beginnings of the first fellowship, as young Tyr and Cyanthe meet under terrible circumstances.
All this and more in the second chapter of DC's dark fantasy epic The Last God.
There is a lot to get into with this issue, but there is one thing that is absolutely for certain. The Last God #2 delivers truly astounding world building.
That much can’t be denied.
But there is so much more to a multifaceted story like The Last God and issue #2 foregoes the niceties of the first issue and finds its stride as a complex and expansive horror-based fantasy epic. This is the type of story you can really sink your teeth into. It’s not superficial or intricate just for the sake of it, as it delivers on everything from the layered characters to the rich world around them.
It’s not perfect, though. Despite all the grand visuals and deep world building, the book does feel swollen with information. It’s simply so much to take in that you feel like there is surely something that went unnoticed. It’s a delicate balance to hit an enjoyable pace while also building up such an enormous realm, and while The Last God #2 mostly succeeds, the narrative weight is certainly noticeable.
Coming off such a strong first issue, I understand there is a lot of explanation that needs to happen, but with dual timelines occurring simultaneously it’s difficult to keep up with the finer details that are woven throughout the dialogue. Building a cohesive timeline at this point will simply require time and more information.
The Last God #2 does continue the incredible visuals of the first issue though. It’s good to see such dynamic consistency from the creative team. With two issues in, this is easily one of the most detailed and vivid fantasy books on the shelves today, with production value that feels impossible to replicate. From the timeline designators to the additional story, poem and more at the end, the artwork builds up a world that is both inviting and super interesting.
Cain Anuun will almost certainly see darker times before things get any better, and as the situation continues to spiral out of control in the present, we also find some insightful clues from the past to guide our understanding. This rewarding method of storytelling sets up The Last God series for quite a bit of success, but these early issues are ripe with potential of becoming too burdened by the narrative weight. The Last God #2 might struggle with this weight, but it remains a must read for any fans of horror or fantasy
Despite undertaking some serious narrative weight, The Last God #2 finds its stride as a complex and expansive horror-based fantasy epic that you can really sink your teeth into.
The Last God #2: The Flesh of Heroes I’ve Defiled
Writing - 8.5/108.5/10
Storyline - 9.5/109.5/10
Art - 9/109/10
Color - 9.5/109.5/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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